Friday Face-Off: Shapeshifter
Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy! Each Friday, we will pit cover against cover while also taking the opportunity to showcase gorgeous artwork and feature some of our favorite book covers. If you want to join the fun, simply choose a book each Friday that fits that week’s predetermined theme, post and compare two or more different covers available for that book, then name your favorite. A list of future weeks’ themes are available at Lynn’s Book Blog.
This week’s theme is:
“Beware the moon, lads.”
~ a cover featuring a SHAPESHIFTER
Yay, a chance to feature my favorite coyote shapeshifter this week! Mercedes Thompson, aka Mercy, is a Volkswagen mechanic and a magical being known a walker, able to shift into a coyote at will. She also hangs around with werewolves, vampires, and faeries. I love this world, and I was pleased to find a number of different covers for the first book of the series.
From left to right, top to bottom:
Ace Books (2006) – Orbit (2008) – Orbit (2011)
German Edition (2007) – Italian Edition (2010) – Spanish Edition (2008)
Polish Edition (2008) – Chinese Edition (2009) – Danish Edition (2012)
Indonesian Edition (2010) – Dutch Edition (2015) – Japanese Edition (2008)
Even if I wasn’t such a huge fan of the artwork of Dan Dos Santos, I would have chosen the Ace Books edition as my favorite this week. There’s just no contest, not to mention how his stunning Mercy Thompson covers have become quintessential to the series. Over the years, they’ve only gotten better as later books have featured a more fearsome, determined looking Mercy in more practical outfits and less suggestive poses, but I still like the covers for the early books very much.
But what do you think? Which one is your favorite?